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2023 Oxford-MRC DTP Symposium took place in Richard Doll Building, Old Road Campus on 15th June 2023.



Time Title
9:00 Registration & Tea/Coffee
9:30 Welcome – Professor Ester Hammond, Director of Oxford-MRC DTP

Student Talks – Session 1

Klara Piletic (NDORMS)
"Adipocyte autophagy in the control of obesity-induced inflammation"

Dominic Simpson (Sir William Dunn School of Pathology)
"Understanding the significance of OXR1 in neuroinflammation and lysosomal function"

Lukas Braun (Experimental Psychology)
"Preserving knowledge during learning through drifting neural representations"

Naroa Ibarra Aizpurua (Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics)
"The role of astrocytes in Parkinson’s disease pathogenesis in GBA N370ShiPSC-derived astrocyte mono-cultures and neuron-astrocyte co-cultures"

10:40 Coffee Break

Poster Presentations (Even numbers 11:00-11:30am; Odd numbers 11:30am-12:00noon)


Student Talks – Session 

Natasha Fisher-Pearson (NDORMS)
"Investigating the relationship between the gut microbiome, unconventional Tcells, and responses to ChAdOx1-vectoredvaccination"

Luisa Gullino (Pharmacology)
"5-HT-glutamate co-releasing neurons are activated by acute stress and may be involved in stress coping"

Annabell Roberti (Sir William Dunn School of Pathology)
"Reduce, Reuse, Recycle-Repurposing of FDA-approved medicines that reduce macrophage inflammation by targetingNF-κB"

Sophie Twigger (Oncology)
"Targeting hypoxic tumours with silver molecular clusters"




3-Minute Research Competition (3-MRC)

James Ashford (RDM)
"Sequence-Driven Behaviours of Replication Timing in Human Cells through Modelling and in silico experimentation"

Katja Worth (Oncology)
"Investigating changes in RNA-binding proteins in hypoxia"

Catherine Lovegrove (Surgical Sciences)
"Perturbations in CASR-signalling alter serum calcium concentrations to increase risk of kidney stone disease through shared genetic mechanisms"

Daniele Cotton (NDORMS)
"Determining how prostate cancer cell heterogeneity promotes bone metastasis using fluid-walled microfluidics"

Lisa Spiering (Experimental Psychology)
"The Cognitive Mechanisms of Credit Assignment and Learning about Control"

Hanna Willis (Clinical Neurosciences)
"Increased white matter integrity of the dLGN-hMT+ pathway after visual rehabilitation"

Kylie Yeung (Oncology)
"Mapping Tx/Rx B1 using variable flip angle acquisitions on a person-by-person basis in hyperpolarized Carbon-13 and Xenon-129 MRI"

Susannah Holliman (RDM)
"Investigating mechanisms of zeta-globin gene silencing"

Danny Gold (Biochemistry)
"Studying the Role of Aurora A and Protein Phosphatase 6 in Regulation of NDC80 During Mitosis; Halo-NDC80, is it MT you’re looking for?"

Anezka Macey-Dare (Pharmacology)
"Exploring the impact of patient-derived NMDAR NR1-specific IgG antibodies on the developing mouse striatum "

14:30 Networking Event

Coffee/Tea Break

15:30 Keynote Speaker

Prof. Duncan Astle 
Leadership in science – what I learnt in the last 10 years (but wish I knew from the start)


Closing Remarks and Awards Ceremony


Drinks Reception

17:30 Symposium Ends




logo of the sponsor EMIS



Thank you to the Student Organising Committee:


Daniele Cotton

Danny Gold

Kei Landin

Jasmine Reese

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